Termination of Parental Rights

San Antonio Termination of Parental Rights Attorney

Under Texas law, a step-parent, grandparent, or guardian of a child cannot proceed with the process of adoption unless there has been a legal termination of the non-custodial parent’s rights. In the case of voluntary termination, where a non-custodial parent has no continued interest in supporting or parenting the child, this is often a legal formality. However, involuntary termination of parental rights may involve a prolonged trial.

Texas Board Certified Family Law Specialist

San Antonio lawyer, James L. Nowlin, is ready to help you with all of your family law related legal needs. We work with custodial parents filing to terminate parental rights of the non-custodial parent and also to provide aggressive representation for parents fighting to maintain their parental rights. Attorney James L. Nowlin is a Texas Board Certified Family Law Specialist with more than thirty years of family law and child custody experience. Our divorce lawyers can help you resolve parental rights issues.

When is termination of parental rights justified?

It is important to remember that the Texas courts are reluctant to strip a person of parental rights unless there has been a grievous act of negligence or misconduct. In many cases, even a felony conviction may not be enough to hand down a termination judgment unless there is a clear case that the biological parent has lost interest in being a good parent or cannot perform the responsibilities of an effective parent. Conversely, if you are a non-custodial parent who has been unjustly denied his or her parental rights or if you are in danger of losing your legal rights to your child, we can defend you.

Contact our office to schedule an opportunity to discuss your legal needs regarding the termination of parental rights. We have the experienc